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CATERPILLAR AND DEALERS CHARGE UAW WITH ILLEGAL PICKETING

 PEORIA, Ill., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) and several dealers have charged the United Auto Workers with illegally picketing several Cat dealerships over the past four months.
 "By unlawfully coercing and intimidating independently owned and operated Cat dealers, the union has broken the law," said Jerry Brust, corporate labor relations director. "We're asking the National Labor Relations Board to put a stop to these illegal union actions."
 The charge filed yesterday with the NLRB in Peoria accuses the UAW of attempting to involve neutral third-party dealerships in the dispute between the UAW and Caterpillar.
 Since late 1992, the UAW has periodically picketed independently owned and operated Cat dealerships across the country, resulting in unlawful intimidation of dealer employees and customers. The picketing has discouraged, coerced or prevented supplies, customers and potential customers from doing normal business with those dealers. Caterpillar has no ownership interest in any of the picketed dealerships.
 "By entangling Cat dealers and their customers in the labor dispute, the union is violating the law in an effort to pressure these independently owned and operated businesses into supporting the union's labor positions," Brust said.
 Caterpillar UAW-represented employees are working under the terms of the company's implemented offer which includes: average wages of $21 an hour by 1997, better pensions, first-dollar health coverage, and exceptional job security -- guaranteed until at least October 1997.
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 /CONTACT: Keith Butterfield of Caterpillar corporate public affairs, 309-675-1307/
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CO: Caterpillar Inc.; United Auto Workers ST: Illinois IN: SU:

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